Monday, May 14, 2007

Extreme Makeover?

Most of us have seen a magazine article or a television show in which women or men receive a "makeover," usually with dramatic results. "Wow!" we think, they really did a lot for that person; they look so much better. Often these makeovers are used as advertising for a particular cosmetic line or to showcase the skills of a makeup artist or hairdresser. We are led to believe that these changes can only be effected by professionals. (Don't try this at home, kids!) My cynical brain has noticed a few things about these makeovers, specifically about the "before and after" photos. In the "before" shots, the person usually: is not smiling, is dressed in drab or blah colors, has uncombed hair, is generally looking depressed and not doing ANYTHING to look decent. Then in the "after" picture, lo and behold! They are wearing a bright color, their hair is beautifully coiffed, and suddenly they are smiling--all is right with the world. Couldn't we achieve this same effect without professional help? This morning Bobby's nurses helped me do my own before and after pics, with results every bit as dramatic (I THINK):


What a difference a shower, some makeup, a bright colored shirt, a flat-iron for my hair, and a happy smile can make! Okay, I know I'm still not winning any beauty contests, but come on! Those pictures in the magazines are just not that incredible. Anyone can improve their appearance with just a little effort and discipline, a good brush, and a cheerful attitude.

Now, lest you think I'm staying shallow with this one, let me say that just doing this fun little experiment has me thinking about another transformation in my life: my salvation. According to the Bible I am a new creature and should be transformed by the renewing of my mind, into a reflection of God. Proverbs 31:30 says that "charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." So although physical makeovers are pleasant, a much more important transformation in our lives is our spiritual makeover. Sometimes this spiritual makeover can be painful, and not as simple as a physical transformation. As God peels away my layers it can really hurt, but I try to keep in mind that the end result will be wonderful. This train of thought also carries me to these questions: Do I display a radical transformation, an extreme makover, in my life as a result of being saved? Am I vastly different than I was before I was saved? What effort and discipline do I put into my spiritual appearance? What tools should I be using daily to renew my mind and refresh my spirit? I am deeply convicted by these questions. They make me think of an old gospel song:
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me;
All His wonderful passion and purity.
Oh, Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
'Til the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

That is the prayer of my heart.

12 comments:

ciao babe said...

So which is the real you ;-)

chandra said...

I love it! Great blog and great comparison!! Love ya!

Eric said...

You are beautiful to me no matter what. However, if I had to choose, I'd take the red shirt over the white one.

Alice C. said...

Renata: You've seen me in all my forms! And I mean not just physical appearance, but spiritual.

Chandra: Thanks--you, also, have known me long enough to have seen me at my best and worst...

Eric: Thanks for always making me feel beautiful inside and out. You just like the red shirt because of the little white "dickey" thing. :)

Alan Knox said...

Alice,

One of the pictures reminds my family of our Skype chats with you and the kids. We won't mention which picture.

We miss you!

-Alan

Alice C. said...

Alan and family: before today you were among a very few people who had ever been allowed to see me like that! Now, it's out there for anyone to see :( At least I clean up decently. I think...

Anonymous said...

Loving it! Thank you for your inspiring words and sense of humor. I love to laugh with you.
Diana

Alice C. said...

Diana--I miss you! and thanks for your notes on Bobby's site. We are praying for you daily. Love you.

paintballboya4 said...

hahahahahaha nice one ....................................................................................................................still laughing...........................................................................................................................................yep you guessed it still laughing
........ok all done ...........hahahahahahahaha

paintballboya4 said...

but, you look nice in the second one lol

Alice C. said...

Aaron: Nice.

Anonymous said...

Alice Anne,
You have ALWAYS looked beautiful to your Dad and me. Ever since the very first moment we saw you!
You are truly a beautiful woman, and we are so glad God created you. We are privileged to be your parents.

Love always, Mom and Dad